Sunday, March 25, 2012

Just A Thought

 
High Wire Act
8 x 11
Paint on canvas board

Early this morning, I was drinking coffee and flipping through CPS magazine. The article I was reading, included instructions for making a particular type of watercolor card. I immediately wanted to make one. This is a "problem" I have and I wonder if there are others like me.
I am easily inspired!
No agonizing over where the next idea is coming from. All I have to do is see something I like and I want to make one too, but with my own spin on it. People often ask me if there is anything I don't do. Well there are things but really, not all that many. I am happiest when I am learning something new and bored when I am not. I am hardly ever bored. Since I consider ART a place for continual exploration, that works fine for me. I use most of what I learn. One thing leads to another and a hand spun yarn turns up in a collage, paper gets embroidered, paint ends up on fabric. It is just a big, self serve candy store and you browse around putting different things in your bag until you get what you want. The more candies you have in your bag, the better. I have been told I should focus on one thing, but I just can't do it. I tried. Several years ago, I thought I would try making books for six months. Nothing else. Just books. Well OK. I had a good time, I made a lot of books. I explored all the techniques I had been wanting to try. I made some wonderful books, but after a while I wasn't learning anything new to add to the process. The books started to be just variations on a theme. I wasn't through making books, but it was time to learn a new thing that I could bring back to the book making at another time. It is easy to find a new thing to learn. Recently I saw a pattern for an old fashioned tomato pin cushion (Martha Stewart) and I can hardly wait to make one. I have the perfect fabric. I am sure I will find another use for that shape. I bet a tiny one would look good on one of my embroideries. What do you think?

3 comments:

vanilla blue said...

Love the new painting. So full of precarious movement!

woman with wings said...

Sara, I loved reading this, I think because I identify so well with what you wrote! There is never a shortage of things to think about or make or research and there is never enough time, no matter how hard I try to create a sense of expansive t-i-m-e. And your painting is wonderful.

I love the two Robins -- arms spread like little wings. Sweet. xo

Filamental said...

This is so so you! Love it that you are writing and sharing more.